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Santa Cruz Island

Channel Islands National Park, CA
+1 805-658-5730
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Step back in time!

We went from Ventura Harbor, on the 8:00AM boat. Incredible one hour trip! At one point, we were... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Susan R
Ocean Shores, Washington
Beyond amazing!!

This was one of several spots on a 2 week trip to the southwest. This was a great location with... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ryan S
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Located off the coast of Santa Barbara, this island is a popular place for kayaking and exploring sea caves.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good22%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Channel Islands National Park, CA
+1 805-658-5730
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went from Ventura Harbor, on the 8:00AM boat. Incredible one hour trip! At one point, we were surrounded by about 1000 dolphins! The captain slowed, so all could witness this amazing sight. Upon stepping onto the Island, an orientation is given, then you are...More

1  Thank Susan R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of several spots on a 2 week trip to the southwest. This was a great location with great views and peaceful tranquility. FYI, there are not bathrooms on the island, just outhouses. Make sure to take plenty of food if you are...More

1  Thank Ryan S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to the island for a day, landing at Prisoners Harbor, where fewer people--at least on our boat--were headed. It was a glorious day, with sun and no wind. We hiked to the top of the island where we got views of both sides....More

1  Thank Judith D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a very nice hike around certain areas of the island. We were able to observe outstanding view of the coastline from the above hiking paths. The water was very clear where you can view several feet down into the ocean. We hiked along...More

2  Thank kansas_traveler38815
Reviewed 12 October 2017

We took the Island Packers boat ride from Ventura harbor to Santa Cruz island. Just a day trip. We took a naturalist guided hike. You can camp overnight, kayak, snorkel. However need to bring your own water and food in and take your garbage out...More

1  Thank ellie2newjersey
Reviewed 10 October 2017

We were on a road-trip to see five of California's National Parks. So, we headed to Channel Islands National Park. Neat experience. First, visit the Visitor Center in Ventura. It's a must! Good video and better than average displays. It really set the tone for...More

2  Thank MikeB1952
Reviewed 6 October 2017

Serious hikers would rate this somewhat higher than I would. Visiting Santa Cruz in the fall means you see mostly hillsides covered in brown grass as you hike up the hills to view out over the ocean. We did not try the kayak's but it...More

2  Thank James H
Reviewed 1 October 2017

We came here for the afternoon. Time is a bit tight from the Island Packers cruise to Scorpion Anchorage, so be ready to get out and go. We took the guided hike on the Cavern Point Loop with the conservationist which was really interesting. The...More

1  Thank Philip B
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

Drove from Phoenix to Ventura during Labor day weekend specifically for Santa Cruz Island. Book the ferry online in advance on Island Packers website for $59.00 round trip ferry. There is plentiful free safe parking at the ferry dock. You have to go into the...More

3  Thank Yoipitydafool67
Reviewed 23 September 2017

Island Packers was amazing. The captain of the ship (jimmy) was very knowledgeable about sea life, and went out of his way to stay watching many many dolphins, he explained everything we needed to know while on board, with funny comments such as "we only...More

Thank claudia v
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Kerstin R
19 April 2017|
Response from Tanner78 | Reviewed this property |
I personally did not snorkel. I did do lots of SUP paddling. Sorry if I gave the wrong impression. However I've seen people snorkel and swim in the immediate Scorpion Anchorage area and having fun. The water temps were... More